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He who wants to plant corn must make peace with the crows. -African Proverb

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

3 best things to wish for African proverbs

If you had three wishes from a Genie, what would you wish for? To live forever? To give to the needy? Peace throughout the world? 


3 best things to wish for African proverbs


If you had three wishes from a Genie, what would you wish for? To live forever? To give to the needy? Peace throughout the world?
To live a long time is to see much. - African proverb


If you had three wishes from a Genie, what would you wish for? To live forever? To give to the needy? Peace throughout the world?
To give is to save. - African proverb

If you had three wishes from a Genie, what would you wish for? To live forever? To give to the needy? Peace throughout the world?
Let us love each other with one heart. - African proverb


3 best things to wish for African proverbs

·        To live a long time is to see much.
·        To give is to save.
·        Let us love each other with one heart.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Beauty Does Not Pay Bills African Folklore Story

In the popular African folklore story, “Beauty Does Not Pay Bills" a beautiful Zulu woman learns the hard way you cannot rely on how you look to pay the bills.


 Beauty Doesn't Pay Bills African Folklore Story.


 As the ancestors say, a young Zulu woman was well known and prized throughout the land for her unique beauty.
In the popular African folklore story, “Beauty Doesn't Pay Bills" a beautiful Zulu woman learns the hard way you cannot rely on how you look to pay the bills.
Beauty Doesn't Pay Bills African Folklore Story

One day, she thought to herself since she is so beautiful she would only have to show up at the local market, and the people would bring her all she needed to survive.

Therefore, when she saw the women go to market, carrying loads of vegetables, beans, bananas and cocoyam, she put on her prettiest clothes, adorned herself with costly beads and bracelets, and followed the women to market.

When she arrived at the market, people were busy bartering their vegetables for dried fish, salt, pottery, and other supplies.

The beautiful woman stood there in the busy market empty handed, and had nothing to barter; neither did anyone pay any attention to her. She stood and waited for a long time, but not even the tiniest little fish was offered to her.


Empty handed and proud the beautiful woman had come, and empty handed and shamed she went home. She learned that no one can live on beauty alone.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Taboos in Madagascar

Fady, belief, or taboo has a vital purpose in the lives of Madagascar people for their employment, social and foodie way of life.


Madagascar people have a mixed ancestry, with ancestors mainly drawn from Indonesia and eastern Africa. 

The modern Madagascar people have a complex ancestry, with ancestors mainly drawn from Indonesia and eastern Africa. The importance of fady, beliefs or taboos cannot be minimized in Madagascar and throughout the world. Sharing the same beliefs allows people to identify with their clan and community.

What is a fady?


Fady in Madagascar is a strong wide range of beliefs that vary by region and clan to clan. Fady is related to hospitality, habits eating plants and animals, behavior towards elders, burial and child-rearing practices, and working activities.

A belief, taboo or fady can be translated as a prohibition, referring to what one is not allowed to do, objects that one must not come into contact, words which must not be uttered and places which must be avoided.

The offender of the fady becomes taboo to the environment, family and the community. By not observing ancestral fady, or by observing them only selectively, individuals bring dishonor to their ancestors and can find themselves socially alienated from their community.

Fady days are among the many customs in Madagascar determined by the vintana or destiny structure, which is a universal belief throughout Madagascar. In general, the vintana system requires that sowing and harvesting, marriage and burial, and various kinds of important work must take place, or not take place, on certain days of the week.

Local Madagascar fady is chickens are considered dirty, and eggs are believed to make women and children mute.
Fady Eggs
Any given day may be lucky or unlucky, every day and every month has its vintana character. For example, Wednesday is an evil day. If one starts working in the rice fields on a Wednesday, there will be no harvest.

On the other hand, Wednesday is a good day for burials. Thursday is dangerous. It might cause death in the village and it is fady to have burials on this day. Saturday is children’s day. It is an unfortunate day for grand events and important work. The morning is good on Sunday but the afternoon is evil and dangerous. It is therefore fady to work on Sunday, especially in the afternoon.

Other localized Madagascar fady’s deal with food; hunting lemurs is fady to certain clans, and forests are treated with respect and fear as it is the place where sacred ancestors and spirits live.


Children are forbidden from eating eggs and chicken, and sweet potatoes can only be eaten as soon as they are dug up. Chickens are considered dirty, and eggs are believed to make women and children mute.

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